While NHL teams aren’t moving players and contracts aren’t being signed by current free agents, there’s lot of talk around the water cooler regarding what might happen to some of the bigger names in free agency.
Between questions about the salary cap, uncertainly surrounding the money some teams will have and typical questions about where players might want to play, one name that often pops up is Torey Krug of the Boston Bruins.
We’ve been covering some of the notes about this player over the past few days, including comments he made about his insecurities that he’s got a future with the Bruins organization. GM Don Sweeney recently said it is a priority of the Bruins to hang onto their defenseman, there’s still some speculation Krug may have played his last games in a Bruins uniform.
Recently, Matt Larkin of The Hockey News recently dug into the Krug discussion and listed five potential destinations for the 29-year-old defenseman.
The Five Potential Teams For Krug
First, Larkin notes the Bruins still hold the best chance to re-sign him. Using some of their limited cap space, the combination them wanting to keep Krug and Krug wanting to stay, suggests a deal will get done. But, should the money not be there, one team with extra cash to spend is the Detroit Red Wings.
The Red Wings have lots of cap space to add him but are going through a rebuild. Krug is a native of the Michigan area but there are questions about whether or not a rebuilding team would be high on his priority list. He’d fit well and get lots of ice time, but winning would have to be lower on his priority list.
Larkin also mentions the Vegas Golden Knights, a team with a need on the blueline. That said, cap space is not their friend. The Montreal Canadiens are interested in making a splash this off-season but Larkin asks if it would trouble Krug to play for a long-time division rival? Finally, Larkin mentions the Florida Panthers, but there are serious questions about money there.
Needless to say, there should be options available. For now, it’s still a matte of waiting on news of the season.
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